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Swim challenge raises money for Haven Appeal organised by Elsie Normington Foundation

By Imogen James

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A cold celebration!
A cold celebration!

The Elsie Normington Foundation challenged locals to wild swim September to raise money for the Haven Appeal.

The charity harnessed the popularity of wild swimming to create a fundraiser which saw people take to the sea or lochs to complete their swims.

Those taking part could swim as little or often as they wished, whilst creating support and raising donations. Ages of those involved ranged from eight years old to 75.

Roma Flannigan (54), a support worker from Inverness, took part with Sarah Matheson (20) from Muir of Ord whom she helps care for. Sarah was keen to raise money for the play centre. Sarah suffers from a serious and complex Epilepsy syndrome.

The pair raised £1000.

Community fundraiser Rona Matheson said, “People have been so generous. Locally and even in Argyll I was joined by swimmers who encouraged funds for the centre.”

The money will be going toward the Haven Centre - Scotland’s first multi purpose centre which will provide support for children and young adults with severe learning difficulties.

It will house a café, play area, housing, meeting rooms, a garden and office spaces.

The foundation have secured a site in Smithton to begin the building.

Funding boost for Haven

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